Valorant is a free-to-play video game in the genre of multiplayer FPS developed and published by Riot Games. In October 2019, under the code name Project A the game was announced for the first time. Its closed beta phase started on April 7, 2020. This is the first game developed by Riot Games in the genre.
At the beginning of the month, closed beta testing of the Valorant shooter was launched on the PC. This game from Riot Games studio not only brightened up the quarantine of gamers due to Coronavirus but also showed an incredibly successful start. On the first day of the closed beta test, a shooter on Twitch was followed by 1.7 million people. Thus, Valorant directly left behind Fortnite and CS:GO. Although until recently, developers could only boast of their MOBA League of Legends. Now, Riot Games launches several projects at once and is going to become one of the most important players in the industry.
This is an online first-person shooter in which players take control of one of ten characters with unique skills and are divided into two teams of five. One should mine a point, the second - to protect it.
The basic gameplay is like two drops of water similar to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - to the extent that some guns duplicate the parameters of the guns from CS, and some actions are assigned to the same buttons on the keyboard. Even the key CS chips are in place, such as jumps, lumbago, acceleration with a knife in his hands and so on.
At the start of the beta test during matches, almost everyone played Valorant as in CS:GO, simply forgetting that they have abilities. But over time, this changed - it became obvious that the skills of the heroes should not be neglected. It is they who are the main feature of the project, refreshing the established formula of the gameplay of the hit from Valve.
Most likely, you will not kill enemies with skills (with the exception of some), but you will get a tactical advantage due to them and you can turn the wave of the match. This adds energy and excitement by holding in front of the screen.
The design of the cards leaves only the most pleasant experience. There is nothing extra on them: they are simple, clear, but at the same time they do not look boring. It's nice to play, you can easily navigate and always understand where the enemy can launch an attack. Cards are easy to memorize during the game and so far do not bother.
In a huge plus game, you can record detailed statistics. In the menu, you can always see how much damage you caused, how much health you had, when and where your allies died on the map, how much help you provided to them, at what minute the bomb was planted, and so on.
I watched Valorant from the release of the closed beta and I can say that despite the completely explosive signs of interest in the game, many shooters caused a negative due to the identity of the game mechanics with CS:GO. However, if the players still decided to try, then the opinion of Valorant changed literally on the same evening to the opposite.
The game is really addictive. I tried to understand what makes people reconsider their position and came to the conclusion that all its elements work very successfully together at Valorant. A pleasant and concise visual style at first impression is not amazing, but the simplicity of the graphics benefits the gameplay, especially in view of the enhanced esports focus of the shooter.
All characters look original and memorable. At the same time, they have a restriction in the size of the hitbox - it is the same for everyone. This means that the size of all body parts in all skins will always be the same.
The game also has unique characters available for selection. According to the video, as well as leaks and rumors, there are nine characters and they are from different countries, just like in Overwatch:
The abilities of many are also very reminiscent of other shooters. For example, there is an arrow that displays surrounding enemies when hit even through walls or a drone, similar to Crypto from Apex Legends. The latter is able to track down opponents at a distance.
Valorant Graphics and servers
The developers promise a lot of free servers with their own unique anti-cheat. They are located in many large cities and have a tick rate of 128. They also worked on the network code for a very long time, which means there should be a minimal delay and excellent optimization.
The game has very high quality and elaborate animations. They have a huge amount of small details. The animation of reloading the same gun for different characters may differ, which features the character of the heroes. For example, Omen has supernatural powers and recharges a machine shop with telekinesis. And the cheerful Raze, when preparing to throw a grenade, twists the check on his finger.
About the graphics, you can say that it is not demanding and will allow playing on a huge number of configurations of the old generation at least 30 FPS. Modern cars will be able to “pull” the game at 60 and 144 FPS.
Valorant has a great soundtrack. The menu features pleasant ambient, and the sounds of shots, activation of skills and hitting enemies - juicy and bright. You can always clearly hear where the sound of steps behind the walls on the maps comes from.
Overall, Valorant is a very nice fresh fps with solid and surely useful bases. After some days of active play, it is safe to say that Valorant is a success. It is very addictive and has great potential in esports, which is further confirmed by the records set by the game on Twitch.